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Proving pain and suffering after an accident

A car accident can create a domino effect of stress and confusion. Any Georgia driver who has experienced such an unfortunate situation is aware that the work does not end when the accident does. Instead, drivers could face overwhelming insurance procedures, car repairs and even personal injuries long after a wreck has happened.

It is easy for an accident to consume all of life's categories. While each situation may differ depending on the seriousness of the accident, some drivers may struggle to find the best course of action after events have unfolded. There are some basic details about proving pain and suffering after a car crash that drivers can keep in mind.

Forbes outlines two kinds of damages related to proving pain and suffering: "special" damage and "pain and suffering" damage. "Special" damages apply to economic aspects of an accident, and refer to the measurable losses; plaintiffs generally prove these damages by revealing a number of factors. They usually must prove an amount that they failed to earn, as well as show that lost inflow is confirmed by markets. "Pain and suffering" refers to a person's physical harm caused by an accident. Forbes points out that while these damages are not measurable, they may be held under the power of juries. 

Findlaw also helps explain the basics when it comes to car accidents and the damages that can ensue. "Noneconomic" damages can include pain and suffering, mental anguish, potentially shortened lifespan, emotional distress and physical disfigurement or impairment. There are other types of damages that could fit into this category. Findlaw also states that although pain and suffering can become subjective, courts examine each case through a wide range of factors, such as appropriate recovery time, possibility of ongoing repercussions and other areas that can help clarify the damage of a case.     




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